Arsenal have officially confirmed defender Calum Chambers will join newly promoted Premier League side Middlesbrough on loan this season in a bid to secure the 21-year-old some more experience.
The former Southampton academy starlet has been with the Gunners for two seasons since joining the club in the summer of 2014, but has struggled to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger’s first XI despite initially breaking through as a right-back after some strong performances early on in his Arsenal career.
Chambers has since fallen down the pecking order with the imminent arrival of Shkodran Mustafi and even new-boy Rob Holding forcing his way into the starting lineup this season.
Arsenal’s official website released the following statement:
“Calum heads to Middlesbrough for the opportunity to gain further first-team experience in the Premier League.”
“Everyone at the club wishes Calum well for his time with Middlesbrough.
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“The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
Despite the obvious need for Chambers to gain some regular first team experience, his Arsenal career is far from over. Although he has failed to really push on since showing some early promise after joining from Southampton, the centre-back is only 21-years-old and has huge promise. Middlesbrough is certainly a good fit and will allow him to get some minutes in the Premier League.
Best of luck to Chambers!
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